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RICHARDSON, Texas- The UMHB women’s basketball team has been picked second in the ASC’s Preseason Poll.
The poll, released Thursday afternoon, was extremely close amongst the top teams, with Hardin-Simmons voted No. 1, with 184 points, and UMHB at No. 2, with 180 points. ETBU, selected No. 3, was just behind, with 169 points. UT-Dallas, which will have a new head coach in Joe Shotland, had the fourth-most points in the poll, with 141. Concordia (TX) rounded out the top five, with 95 points.
The first-place votes were also well distributed amongst the voting panel, composed of the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. HSU tallied nine, UMHB earned seven, and ETBU picked up four.
The 2022-23 preseason poll reflects the state of the conference, which is one of the deepest in the nation. At one point last season, four ASC teams were either ranked or receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25.
The complete ASC Preseason Poll is below (points in parentheses) :
- Hardin-Simmons (184)
- UMHB (180)
- ETBU (169)
- UT-Dallas (141)
- Concordia (95)
- Sul Ross State (94)
- LeTourneau (57)
- Ozarks (66)
- McMurry (45)
- Howard Payne (39)
Three Crusaders were also named to the ASC’s Preseason Watch List: Ashley Faux, Arieona Rosborough, Weade Adeleke.
Faux, a junior forward, returns after starting all 29 games a year ago. She averaged 10.8 points per game, and shot 30.9 percent from three-point range as an All-ASC honoree.
Rosborough had a spectacular freshman campaign, being named the Region 10 Rookie of the Year as well as the ASC’s Freshman of the Year. She led the Cru in total points, rebounds, assists, and steals, averaging 11.9 points per game a year ago. ‘
Adeleke was sidelined by an injury for the majority of last season, but did play in eight games as a freshman, averaging 4.4 points per game.